It is interesting to note that the "New Atheist" not only didn't respond with any rational anything, he deleted my comments that were visible on his BlogCatalog profile page. His comments to me are still visible on and will be until they automatically move to page 2 (still publicly accessible). (See also: TOM USHER'S BLOG CATALOG SHOUT-TO-SHOUT WITH THE SELF-STYLED NEW ATHEIST.)
BlogCatalog users know when other users have deleted shouts because they are missing when the user accesses the shout-to-shout feature. The New Atheist feared visitors to his profile would see how illogical he is.
I don't say this for the sake of malicious gossip against him. I don't say it without cause either. Those two things are important in terms of real Christianity. I point it out for the sake of the many who might be lulled to sleep by the not only spiritual dumbing-down by atheists but the actual death of their spirits. They kill their own and each other's spirits if they ever had living spirits — realized it.
Living spirits here means self-aware spirituality necessarily transcending matter. It is the semantical issue of substance that is their stumbling block.
Anyway, the self-style New Atheist came looking for me in a sense. He's the one who initiated contact. Of course, he assumed I'd check out his profile and site. Not everyone bothers to do those things of course. Some people just want to build links regardless. I link to sites with which I disagree. I "friend" (verb) people in the social-networking sense where "friend" doesn't mean friend in the Christian sense. I have very few real even budding friendships in the true Christian sense yet.
The point here is though that the atheist was looking for weak prey. He's a predator out to proselytize for Godlessness. When he was immediately confronted by, among other things, his obvious intellectual error, he reacted wholly inappropriately. He wasn't interested to grow and to become enlightened. He rather feared those things and slithered away.
He never identified himself because he doesn't have the courage of his convictions. He wants to be able to sever himself from his stated standards. Well, it doesn't work that way. God sees all no matter what you think you're doing not to be seen. No one can hide in that sense from the spirit of God.
How should this young man have reacted? He should have admitted that he blew it. He should have begun to wonder why he made such a fundamental error. His foundation isn't sound. Rather than change/transform foundations, he ran away. His house will fall. It already has fallen. In very truth, it was never standing.
Is this a curse? It's a warning from one manning the wall sounding the alarm that evil has enter through the crooked, wide gates and that the city is in darkness and will be devoured.
Afterwards, evil ones left in other places will not make the connection between the evil that entered and devoured and the fact of the ruined cities. They aren't smart enough for that even though it's child's play and many of them consider themselves geniuses.
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And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)